Dr Julia Shaw

Evil is coming.

World English February 2019.

Are you evil? A smart and highly readable exploration of why we do bad things. 

What is it about “evil" that we find so compelling? From our obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture, we seem inescapably drawn to the stories of monstrous acts and the people who commit them.

Dr. Julia Shaw’s scientific exploration breaks down evil into its individual components, and dissects each piece. She shows us that the same dispositions that make us capable of heinous crimes may also work to our advantage. And, if evil is within all of us, should it be said to exist at all?

In Evil, Shaw uses a compelling mix of science, popular culture, and real life examples to break down timely and important issues. How similar is your brain to a psychopath's? How many people have murder fantasies? Can A.I. be evil? Do your sexual proclivities make you a bad person? Who becomes a terrorist?

This is a wide-ranging exploration into a fascinating, darkly compelling subject.

Julia Shaw has crafted a brilliant panorama that elucidates humanity’s dark side in her masterpiece, EVIL.
— Phillip Zimbardo

Is there such a thing as an evil person or are we really just a species with a huge potential for evil? Dr. Julia Shaw reckons it's the latter, but it's not all bad news. Dr Julia Shaw is author of the 2019 popular science book "Making Evil: The science behind humanity's dark side".

Book Reviews & Comments

"Julia Shaw has crafted a brilliant panorama that elucidates humanity's dark side in her masterpiece, EVIL. This science-based foundation for studying the minds of sadists, mass murderers, freaks and creeps, as well the new role of tech in promoting evil is presented in a totally engaging fashion... for understanding the many evils around us (and sometimes in us) along with the monumental evil of mass apathy of doing nothing when we should stand up, speak out, and take wise and effective actions" - Phillip Zimbardo

“Curious readers will be riveted by Shaw’s deliberate, rational discussions of such taboos as cyberbullying, homicide, pedophilia, and the ways money and power corrupt the souls of formerly good men and women…Capably written with a smooth mix of scientific insight and theoretical thought, the book will hopefully inspire empathy and understanding rather than hysteria and condemnation… A consistently fascinating journey into the darker sides of the human condition that will push on the boundaries of readers’ comfort zones.” Full review at Kirkus

Confirmed Publishers

UK: Canongate

US: Abrams Press

Canada: Doubleday

China: Beijing Wisdom & Culture

Germany: Hanser

Japan: Kodansha

Korea: Hyeonamsa

Netherlands: Prometheus

Poland: Wydawnictwo Amber

Spain: PlanetA

Taiwan: Business Weekly Publications